Wild Columbia County
Hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing in northwest Oregon’s hidden jewel
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Simple guides to Columbia County’s mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates
Stories from the field as we explore every last inch of the county
Last week my sister and her colleagues invited Matt and I to lead a 4-H herpetology and conservation event. For the site I chose Trojan Park and the area surrounding Welter Cemetery. The Welter Family Cemetery is a 100+ year old cemetery on PG&E land directly off of the Old Columbia River Highway, across fromContinue reading “4-H outing to Trojan Park and Welter Cemetery”
The only salamander that shares Columbia County’s namesake, the Columbia Torrent salamander, had never been officially recorded in the county and that just didn’t seem right. These “Torrents” were one of the first salamanders I ever searched for as their habitat niche is in the spray zones of the waterfalls I love. Years ago theContinue reading “The Elusive Columbia Torrent Salamander”
Rosey and I took little Sophia to the Ruley Trailhead for a 5-mile walk. The area has been transformed since the new trailhead was built, with restroom facilities, a bike-repair station, and both historical and natural history information. It’s a nice place to connect yourself to the history of the land and how it gotContinue reading “Family walk from Ruley Trailhead”
Do you ever see any frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards, or snakes? Take a picture and then check out our iNaturalist herpetology project to see how to help track records of these creatures!
There isn’t any spot of land I care about more than the Liberty Hill bluff. Visit the Friends of Liberty Hill website or their Facebook page to learn about this unique meadow and what we can do to preserve it from destruction.
Jonathan grew up in St. Helens and has family in Yankton and Rainier. Matt grew up in Warren and currently lives in Scappoose. Jonathan’s wife Rosey and daughters Chhaya (less so) and Sophia (more so) join them on some of their adventures.